Ioana Vrabie

Gallery Room 2 – Over £500-£2000

I am a nostalgic: through my work I aim to regain the lost feeling of presence, typical of the analogue era, when life was slower paced and even feelings seemed to last longer. I create images that at a first glance seem “wrong” to arrest and induce a state of contemplation in the viewer to help her/him to regain the feeling of presence and calmness, that has become extremely rare in the schizophrenic times we live in. It is also an invitation to explore what lays underneath what we call “reality”. I shoot analogue film multiple exposures only, so I use the same portion of film at least twice to capture more images instead of one. I see the end result only when the film gets developed. Everything happens in the camera and there is no Photoshop manipulation.

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Sifting Through Life | £1690 | 90 x 135 cm / 35,43 x 53,14 inch | Analogue film multiple exposure image printed on Hahnemuhle Fine Art Archival Paper, Limited Edition of 3

This work belongs to the series Eyescapes.

My guesthouse overlooking a beautiful rice paddy in Ubud was perfect to observe the harvest time. My curiosity got captured by the precision of the energetic movements the Balinese man was sifting the rice grains to clean them from not desired impurities.
I thought to use the curtain of her room to sift that vision too and isolate the subject from other collateral visual information.
This is a paradigm of our daily universal learning process: we sift the information we collect, we keep what we need (the rice) and we discard what we don’t (the impurities).
This is an analogue photograph, therefore the layering happened completely inside the camera by exposing the same portion of film twice in just one attempt.
There is no Photoshop manipulation involved.